Kashmir highway remains closed for 3rd consecutive day

Traffic on the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway, connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country remained suspended for the third consecutive day on Wednesday due to fresh landslides.

Hundreds of vehicle, including those carrying passengers, remained stranded at different places on the highway though some passengers covered the landslide-hit area on foot to reach their destinations after boarding other vehicles.

Kashmir-bound passengers stranded at Jammu alleged that the local authorities have failed to provide them any relief and they are being charged extra by the local traders.
”We allowed traffic on the highway yesterday afternoon after improvement in the weather and clearance of snow and landslides, a traffic police official told UNI. However, he said, traffic was later suspended again after fresh landslides at Penthal and Anokhapal. Large number of vehicles had crossed the area before fresh landslides, he added.

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the highway, has already pressed into service sophisticated machines and men to clear the landslides.
The national highway was closed on Monday due to snow, landslides and slippery road condition.

”We will allow traffic only after receiving green signal from the traffic police officials posted at different places besides BRO,” he said, adding that only stranded vehicles will be cleared before allowing fresh traffic from Srinagar or Jammu.

Meanwhile, the national highway, linking the Ladakh region with Kashmir valley and Mughal road remained closed since December.

Official sources said hundreds of vehicles, including trucks loaded with essentials for Kashmir valley, are still stranded on both sides of the highway.

The national highway, connecting Ladakh with Kashmir, remained closed since December last year. There was fresh snowfall at Sonamarg, Zojila pass and Meenmarg on 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh national highway. The road is also very slippery due to below freezing temperature, officials said adding the road is likely to reopen after April.

Meanwhile, the 86-km-long historic Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region also remained closed since December last year. There was also fresh snowfall on the highway, including at Pir-ki-Gali, Harpora and Shopian during the past 24 hours. The road is likely to reopen in May, they said.

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